Much-loved family recipe warms up our winter menu

At the start of this term we were delighted to announce a family recipe from one of our school chefs had been included on our new winter menu. Catering Manager at Elthorne Park High School, Aneela Syed tells us a little more about her popular family recipe.
Aneela Syed

“I’ve been cooking the Lentil Dahl for my family for many years and it’s always been a really popular family dish which I cook time and time again. I decided to trial it as a vegetarian option in my school earlier this year and I was amazed by the reaction. Pabulum strongly believes in the importance of encouraging pupils to try new foods and I like to ensure that I offer Elthorne Park High School pupils as many food experiences as I can. The first time we put it on the menu I was a little nervous about the reaction but the pupils absolutely loved it and were even coming back for second helpings.

When one of the Pabulum development chefs was visiting our school I told him about my family recipe and he asked if he could taste it. Anyone who tries this dish absolutely loves it and as it’s very simple and quick to cook, it makes a great school lunch recipe.

We didn’t have to do any adaptations to make this suitable for schools as its really healthy, quick and simple to make and the ingredients aren’t too expensive. Pupils say it’s really filling too. The pupils, especially the girls at our school, are very health conscious which I think is one of the reasons it’s so popular as it’s really good for them.

I felt extremely proud when I heard the recipe was going to be introduced in other schools as it’s fantastic to know our views and ideas have been listened to by the development chef team.”

Leonie Williams, Senior Finance Manager at Elthorne Park High School “We were delighted to hear that Aneela’s skills have been recognised in this way. It’s a delicious dish which is extremely popular here and so I am confident everyone who tries it will be really impressed. We are proud to have Aneela as part of the catering team at this school and congratulate her on getting this recognition from her colleagues at Pabulum.”

Executive development chef, Jack Sykes said “The reaction to this new dish has been really positive from both the school chefs making the dish and the pupils eating it. Our development chefs work hard to find recipes which are healthy but popular with pupils and the fact that this was a simple and much-loved family recipe first makes it extra special. It’s important our menus are constantly changing so pupils get to try as many new foods as possible which is why we welcome new ideas from our chefs and customers.”